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123rd self-immolation of Tibetan protester in Ngaba

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There has been very sad news out of Tibet dealing with another self-immolation of a Tibetan protester. The number of self-immolations is now at 123 since these fatal acts of protest began to spread in 2009. The Tibet Sun reported on Dec. 4, 2013, a Tibetan youth set himself on fire in a town in northeastern Tibet on Tuesday.

Exiled Tibetan sources say Kunchok Tsetan, 30, acted in protest against the repressive Chinese rule in Tibet.
Tsetan set himself on fire in the main market of Meruma town in Ngaba. During his dramatic protest he raised slogans calling for the long life and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the early reunion of Tibetans in Tibet.

Chinese police and security forces immediately arrived at the location where Tsetan set himself on fire and took him away after arresting several Tibetans, including his wife and some relatives. It is not known what Tsetan’s condition is at this time and where he may be. This is really a very sad matter, with Tsetan's two children clearly in shock at this time. Shops and restaurants in the area have been closed, and mobile phones of Tibetans were confiscated as the Chinese government increased security across the region.



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